Calling all foster care advocates!
We need your help to ensure Congress passes the Family First Prevention Services Act, a major bipartisan bill that would strengthen the child welfare system! The House passed the bill in June, and the Senate urgently needs to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act THIS WEEK if it is to become law this year.
It is critical that Senators hear from as many constituents as possible…. Please contact them and ask them to support the Family First Act!
1. Call your Senators’ offices and use the talking points below. To reach your Senators’ offices, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected. Not sure of your Senators’ names? Click here. Be sure to call both of your Senators’ offices!
Here’s what you can say:
- This bill would improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in [insert state]. It would allow child welfare dollars to be used for prevention services to keep families together and prevent unnecessary foster care placements.
- It is critical that the Senate act this week to pass the bill. If the bill does not pass by , the end of the fiscal year, a large portion of the offsets included in the bill will expire.
- Please let Senator ____ know how important the Family First Prevention Services Act is, and ask that they lift the hold that is on the bill.
- Thank you.
- As your constituent in [insert state], I am calling to urge Senator _____ to support the Family First Prevention Services Act. The House of Representatives passed the bill with unanimous support in June. It is now time for the Senate to Act by passing the bill.
Not able to make phone calls? Click here to send an email your Senators.
2. Tweet at your Senators. Be sure to include both of your Senators’ Twitter handles in the sample post below! Click here to find your Senators’ Twitter handles.
Pass the #FamilyFirst Act to keep kids out of foster care! http://bit.ly/2cG8dHZ
Here’s the background on the Family First Act: The Senate is due to recess for the elections. But they haven’t yet passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (S. 3065/H.R. 5456), a bicameral, bipartisan bill that would strengthen federal child welfare law to better protect vulnerable children and families. The House of Representatives passed Family First with strong bipartisan support on .
The bill takes historic steps to ensure more children can stay safely with family and out of foster care by allowing federal child welfare dollars to be used on quality prevention services and programs. It also:
- encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive most family-like settings appropriate to their needs with special attention to those needing specialized treatment;
- addresses the special needs of pregnant and parenting teens;
- reauthorizes a number of expiring programs;
- offers supports to help older youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood;
- improves the interstate placement of children; improves Regional Partnership Grants to help families affected by substance abuse;
- continues to recognize and increase supports for grandparents and other relatives who step in to care for children when their parents cannot.